How to remove fake NoxPlayer (Virus Removal Guide)

Fake NoxPlayer (Malware)


Fake NoxPlayer is malware that masquerades as a legitimate program to trick users to install it and infect their machines with malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Overview


Fake NoxPlayer (also called fake Nox Player) is an illegitimate and malicious version of a popular Android emulator based in Hong Kong. Some online developers and marketers unlawfully utilize the NoxPlayer name in order to deceive victims into installing a fake program that promises to be NoxPlayer. However, the primary intent of the fake NoxPlayer program is to install third-party programs which may include malware and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) such as InLog Browser.

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The NoxPlayer name is used differently across the web by unethical sources. For example, some distributors may actually distribute the legitimate program but utilize an installation procedure and download manager that attempts to persuade the user to download third-party programs which may be recognized as malicious before the program can be installed. When this happens the user may be given an option to choose a method for installing components such as an express or custom installation. An express installation will install third-party content on the computer and a custom installation allows the user to select which programs can be installed if any.

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Other fake NoxPlayer downloads do not actually download and install the emulator and will instead show a message that says “Download Error! Sorry, error occurred during download process and the Nox did not download successfully! Sorry for inconvenience.”

There are numerous variants of fake NoxPlayer malware that are distributed by different entities across different locations on the web. If you intend to download and install the well-known version of NoxPlayer that it is best to visit the developer’s website (https://www.bignox.com/) instead of a fake one that may appear to be legitimate.

According to VirusTotal, security programs by numerous publishers including Microsoft, AVG, Malwarebytes, Emsisoft, and Symantec Norton detect files associated with fake NoxPlayer installers as Trojans, adware, spyware, and malware. There are a number of detection names linked to fake NoxPlayers files including PUA:Win32/CoinMiner, Application.Generic (A), Win32:AdwareX-gen [Adw], TROJ_GEN.R01FH0CB320, and more.

Fake NoxPlayer (Malware Removal Steps)


STEP 1: Remove NoxPlayer malware


These instructions explain how to remove fake versions of NoxPlayer and other malware, viruses, and potentially unwanted programs from your device. The software recommended in this removal guide is free to use; however, we recommend registering the software to secure your device and stop infections before they happen.

1. Download and install Malwarebytes from their website. Malwarebytes will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. When Malwarebytes is installed, click the blue Scan button to begin scanning your computer for malware and potentially unwanted programs. The scan may take several minutes to complete depending on how many files are on your device.

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3. When the scan is complete, click the Quarantine button to remove all threats detected by Malwarebytes.

4. Reboot the computer.

STEP 2: Remove tracking files and repair Windows registry


These instructions explain how to remove tracking files, remove browsing data, and repair the Windows registry. Although malware and potentially unwanted programs were removed, your settings may have been affected and this is a great way to fix them and ensure that you are not being tracked.

1. Download and install CCleaner Free or CCleaner Professional from their website. CCleaner will seamlessly guide you through the quick installation process.

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2. When CCleaner is installed, go to the Easy Clean tab (this is usually the welcome screen).

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3. Click the Start button to scan your computer for trackers and junk files.

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4. When the analysis is complete, click the Clean All button.

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5. Next, go to the Registry tab and click the Scan for Issues button.

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6. When the scan is complete, click the Fix selected Issues… button.

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7. As a precaution, click Yes to back up the registry before making changes to it and save the Reg File (.reg) file to your computer.

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8. Click the Fix All Selected Issues button and then click Close once all problems have been removed.

In addition, CCleaner can be used to uninstall programs, disable programs from starting when your computer starts, disable browser plugins, and more. These features can be found in the Tools tab.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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